Atoms Ions and Molecules

Objectives

When you have completed this section, you should be able to

  • recognize elements of the human body from their chemical symbols;
  • distinguish between chemical elements and compounds;
  • state the functions of minerals in the body;
  • explain the basis for radioactivity and the types and hazards of ionizing radiation;
  • distinguish between ions, electrolytes, and free radicals; and
  • define the types of chemical bonds.

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Essentials of Human Physiology

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